Purchasing a Legoland California membership is one of the best ways to save money on enjoying the park. For the cost of an annual membership, after visiting just a few times, the remainder of your visits to Legoland California are free.
If you live in San Diego or Southern California, seriously consider a membership.
If you purchased a regular admission ticket, then decide a full membership is for you, you can apply the cost to the membership fees, same day only.
In my opinion, the best membership is the Merlin Annual Pass (formerly the Legoland Resort pass). This is the pass we’ve had for years and it’s more than paid for itself.
With the Merlin membership you get:
- Access to Legoland, the Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium
- Free parking (at $12 a pop for cars, this is a great savings!)
- Discounts to restaurants (20%) and shopping (10%)
- Free ticket for a friend
- Discounts on additional tickets for friends and family
- You can also use your pass for other Merlin parks around the USA, including Madame Tussauds, Legoland Discovery Centers, Legoland Florida, etc.
- Cost: $179 for adults, $149 for kids 3-12.
The Standard pass is the least expensive, but also only allows for unlimited visits to Legoland. You do get a discount if you want to visit Sea Life Aquarium, too, but no discount is available for the Water Park. There’s no free parking, no discounts on restaurants or shopping.
Cost of the Standard is $129 for adults, $99 for kids 3-12. In my opinion, if you can swing it, it’s worth the additional money to spring for the Merlin membership. There is much better value for dollar there.
The Model Mom membership is super popular for those families who live close to Legoland California. For $91, moms (dads or other caregivers are eligible too!), get access to Legoland and Sea Life with their little one(s). This deal is applicable on Thursdays only and while kids under three are free, if your child(ren) is four or over, he or she requires a membership or regular admission to enjoy the park with you. You can always come by yourself, if you want
On the first Thursday of the month, Stroller Strides offers a free class at 10:30 am, so bring your sneakers!
If your family is military, then the Military Resort annual pass may work well for you. You’ll need to contact your military office to get pricing and purchase, but it includes most of the same benefits offered in the Merlin annual pass. I’m sure it’s a great deal for military families!
Last but not least is the Ambassador Resort pass. For $2500 adult children, you get lifetime membership to Legoland, the Water Park and Sea Life Aquarium. It also includes Preferred parking (closer to the entrance) and unlimited visits to other Merlin parks around the world, plus four complimentary tickets for guests. Other benefits are much the same as the Merlin annual pass. If money is no object, this may be the pass for you!